Being teetotal (or part-time teetotal) is pretty common these days. And that means stepping away from the orange juice and getting creative. These no-booze ‘mocktails’ go down a treat and use easily available ingredients. And no need for high level mixology, so no stressed host.
None of these recipes are set in stone – feel free to get creative with colours and flavours.
Why should the drinkers get all the sparkle? Dig out the champagne flutes for a fizzy treat. For each flute; fill one quarter with sparkling elderflower juice, top up with cranberry juice and add a splash of lemon juice. Garnish with a slice of lemon, orange or a ‘kebab’ of berries on a cocktail stick. For extra class, dip the glass rims in sugar before you start filling.
All the colours and rich tastes of Christmas, none of the alcohol. And plenty of vitamins.
For each glass, mix up 220ml of clear apple juice with crushed frozen berries. Two each of blackberry and raspberry should do it, (mocktail not smoothie!) with a few redcurrants. If this will be too tart for your taste, add a splash of maple syrup and shake it all up. Garnish with a slice or two of apple and whatever fruit is left over.
Driver-friendly mulled wine – what’s not to like? Mix up two parts pomegranate juice with one part red grape juice. Tip into a saucepan with a handful of frozen blackberries and a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Chuck in a peeled and quartered orange, a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and some black peppercorns. Heat to a simmer and then strain into suitable mugs or glasses.
Being off the booze needs neither reason nor excuse. And with drinks this tasty and no morning after, perhaps your friends will join in!
Things have come a long way since people only had the choice of coke and lemonade if they weren't drinking. Saying that, I can't recall many parties I've been to where the hosts have offered such nice drinks!
another teetotaller checking in - and hence I'm Dessie the driver. Looking forward to trying these!
I do like mocktails but I can't pretend it's the same thing as a real one. Alcoholic ones have much more kick to them.
Any mulled wine has my guests vote, so I will be trying this out for a party next week.
these are brilliant! I went off alcohol when I was pregnant and never got the taste for it back, so great to have some tasty stuff that isn't alcoholic. Or overly complex!